It looks like my dad has been spot on with his Facebook gaming recommendations. Pretty much every time I head home to visit my folks for a weekend with their new grandson in tow, my dad insists that I check out Gardens of Time. Admittedly, as far as Facebook games go, this one isn't all that bad. It's a mix of mini-games below a customizable garden of, wait for it, time.

Aside from its obnoxious need to constantly prompt you to share your collections and achievements with everyone on your friends list, it's a quality title. And that fact has done this title a great service as Gardens of Time placed first in 10 most popular Facebook games of 2011.

Here's the full list of titles, with links provided by Facebook. Warning, you'll find time-sucking titles within:

Most popular games in 2011

  1. Gardens of Time (By Playdom)
  2. The Sims Social (By EA)
  3. Cityville  (By Zynga)
  4. DoubleDown Casino (by DoubleDown Interactive)
  5. Indiana Jones Adventure World  (By Zynga)
  6. Words With Friends (By Zynga)
  7. Bingo Blitz (By Buffalo Studios)
  8. Empires & Allies (By Zynga)
  9. Slotomania-Slot Machines (By Playtika)
  10. Diamond Dash (By wooga)

The mind-blowing news from this list is the fact that Zynga, with four appearances in the top 10 most popular games, was beat by Playdom in the number one spot. Zynga is a veritable Facebook giant, Playdom hardly has any mega-games in its development catalogue.

Facebook went further in their wrap-up of 2011 by posting the top three games across several more specific categories. Here they are, with free-time murdering links again:

Top up-and-comers

  1. Battle Pirates (By Kixeye)
  2. Dragons of Atlantis (By Kabam)
  3. Gourmet Ranch (By Rock You!)

* Based on new games which drew the highest engagement in the 100k-500k user category 

Top games with 50,000-100,000 users

  1. Super Slot Machines (By Davy Campano, David Livingston Kirby and Robby Campano)
  2. WestWars (By Innogames)
  3. MouseHunt (By HitGrab)

* Based on the most engaging apps with audiences between 50k-100k users

Top Casino Games in 2011

  1. Zynga Poker (By Zynga)
  2. Slotomania – Slot Machines (By Playtika)
  3. DoubleDown Casino (By DoubleDown Interactive)

* Based on casino-related games with the most monthly active users in 2011

 Top Sports Games in 2011

  1. TopEleven – Be a Football Manager (By Nordeus)
  2. Pool Live Tour  (By Geewa)
  3. EA Sports: FIFA Superstars (By EA)

* Based on sports-related games with the most monthly active users in 2011

Top Fashion Games in 2011 

  1. Mall World (By 50 Cubes)
  2. ItGirl (By CrowdStar)
  3. Coco Girl (By Metrogames)

* Based on fashion-related games with the most monthly active users in 2011

Do you spend any of your time playing Facebook games? If so, which among the list have stolen you from your precious family time?

[via Facebook]